Ernie Reyes, Jr. joins the Drafthouse for Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II (andpizza!) on the big screen
In part a celebration of '90s ninjas, as well as an appreciation of two beloved movies from the era, Alamo Drafthouse has put together two events this weekend that can only be described as absurdly radical.
For two nights only, martial arts badass Ernie Reyes, Jr. will be in town to help commemorate two of his greatest films, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze and Surf Ninjas. The 4th Dan black belt in Tae-Kwan Do will be on hand Friday and Saturday for screenings of Ooze and Ninjas, answering questions and providing tips on how to deal with the Foot Clan.
Friday night at 8 p.m. and 10:45 p.m., the Drafthouse at South Lamar will host a TMNT pizza party. Price of admission includes a 35mm screening of Ooze and access to a plate of never ending pizza that would make Michelangelo greener with envy. And, of course, a post screening Q&A with Keno himself.
The very next day, at 7:00 p.m. at the same location, Alamo Drafthouse will screen a rare 35mm copy of Surf Ninjas. A movie that will probably not see many more theater appearances, Ninjas checks all the same boxes as TMNT does in regard to nostalgia, except this one has Rob Schneider in it — if you’re in to that kind of thing.
Surf Ninjas somehow evokes even more nostalgia than Ninja Turtles. Maybe it’s because that movie has become more forgotten, or maybe it’s the outrageously '90s scenarios, but most likely it’s because of Reyes’ flowing locks. His hair is completely on point in that movie — it’s almost ridiculous.
Whatever it is that makes Surf Ninjas so fondly remembered doesn’t really matter. People will either look back on it and want to go Moto-surfing, or just they haven’t seen it — unless that person is Tim League, apparently.
For obvious reasons, TMNT pizza parties are tremendously popular. Those of us born hailing from the '80s to early '90s have fond memories of the Turtles’ shell shocking adventures, divergent personalities and the unfairly delicious-looking pizza they ate.
And it’s great to see Alamo screen a movie like Surf Ninjas. A forgotten gem that lives on in the hearts of those who look at the 90s and remember the decade for Kelly Kapowski, the excitement of Nickelodeon’s Super Toy Run or Quentin Tarantino becoming an essential name in Hollywood.
Tickets to both events are still available. For those looking to eat Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle amounts of pizza, or those who want to bask in '90s glory with one of the era's most underrated stars, neither of these screenings can be missed.